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Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, discover the sights of the city before boarding a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in Tarascon. Cruise the Rhône towards Chalon-sur-Saône.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,385
  • 2018 Barcelona > Paris

    From the city of dreams to the city of light

    Spain’s Barcelona is a city that has always seized the imagination, with its defining sense of style, and cultural monuments that are as avant garde as they are iconic.

    Gaudi’s Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia, and the equally surreal Casa Batlló, capture the dream-like quirkiness of this lively city perfectly, and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore these and other magnificent Spanish landmarks. From there, it’s off to France, and dreams of another kind, as you cruise the romantic Rhône River, with its picturesque villages, and beautiful towns. Drift through a land of resplendent castles and awe-inspiring cathedrals before arriving in Paris, the ‘city of light’, which continues to populate the dreams and romantic imagination of those lucky enough to visit it.

    Tour Code:

    PCRB

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Barcelona

    Return City:

    Paris

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bienvenido

      This evening, enjoy a friendly welcome reception at your centrally located hotel in beautiful Barcelona.

    • Day 2 - Barcelona

      Enjoy a city tour that includes Gaudi’s memorable Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia and beautiful Parc Güell.

      Freechoice

      Visit Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, with its iconic façade and fantastical interior design. Alternatively, visit the Barcelona Football Stadium and Museum, or discover Poble Espanyol de Montjuic, which boasts the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Barcelona

      Enjoy a free day by the sea in Barcelona. Perhaps wander the seaside promenade or explore the city’s historic centre at leisure. Tonight the sparkling city of Barcelona will serve up a special dining experience to tantalise your tastebuds.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Barcelona > Tarascon

      After breakfast you’ll cross the beautiful Midi-Pyrénées region to Tarascon, where you’ll be welcomed aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight you can look forward to a rousing welcome reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Tarascon > Avignon

      The town of Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and an impressive castle.

      Freechoice

      Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rémy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the wondrous Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.

      Back on board, perhaps join a culinary lesson in Scenic Culinaire during your cruise into beautiful Avignon. On arrival enjoy entertainment on board from one of the region’s best French chanson singers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Avignon
      Freechoice

      Shop with a chef at the local market before cooking up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Pope’s Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct.

      This afternoon take some time to explore Avignon on your own.

      Enrich

      After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Pope’s Palace, you’ll be invited in for an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi within this elegant 14th century palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Viviers > Tournon

      Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers and visit the imposing Cathedral of Viviers. Then, afternoon cruising to Tournon. Perhaps join a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire en route.

      Sundowners

      Relax with a beverage on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It’s a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Vienne > Lyon

      Take a walking tour in Vienne and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. This afternoon join an on board masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax and view the beautiful Rhône River vistas as you cruise to Lyon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Lyon

      Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

      Freechoice

      Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, and visit the Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

      This afternoon perhaps visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Mâcon > Chalon-sur-Saône
      Freechoice

      Travel to the village of Oingt in the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, and enjoy a tasting of the region’s wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

      Whilst cruising this afternoon join your chef in Scenic Culinaire for a lesson in French cookery.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Paris

      After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris where you’ll be staying in one of the city’s luxury hotels.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Paris

      After breakfast it’s time to bid a fond adieu and transfer to Paris Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

      Meals included: Breakfast